Top Ten Best-Selling Games in the US for January 2016

Have a look at what did the best at retail last month.

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The NPD Group today released its monthly sales report for January 2016, offering a look at the best-selling new, physical games at retail in the United States last month. Call of Duty: Black Ops III--which topped the NPD's charts not only for November and December, but also the entirety of 2015--continues to go strong, taking the number one spot.

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As in November and December, Black Ops III continues to sell better on Xbox One than on PS4 despite the larger install base of the latter and Sony's platforms now getting DLC first. However, the NPD charts don't account for games sold as part of bundles with hardware, which is how many new PS4 buyers might be getting the game.

Star Wars Battlefront fell from the number two spot in December to number four, with Grand Theft Auto V and NBA 2K16 both topping it. Rainbow Six Siege, which didn't make the top ten during its debut in December, comes in at number seven, while the remainder of the list is primarily comprised of the usual suspects like Minecraft and Madden. (Battlefront sold best on Xbox One--again, perhaps because a PS4 bundle exists--but Siege sold best on Xbox One even though there is an Xbox One bundle with the game.)

For the month, new, physical software sales accounted for $212.7 million, a 10 percent decline compared with January 2015. NPD analyst Liam Callahan attributes this in part to a lack of new games. Lego Marvel Avengers was January's biggest new release, compared with Dying Light last year, which "generated 239 percent more unit sales" than Avengers. He also points to weaker sales during the month from games that launched during the final quarter of 2015.

Most interestingly, Callahan notes that this is third consecutive January with GTA V on the list. "Astonishingly, the game has moved up in ranking placement from fifth place in January 2014, to third in January 2015, and to the second-best selling game in January 2016."

The NPD's top ten list combines sales across platforms. If it did not, the number 10 game for the month would have been Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.

Nintendo also added in a statement that "sales of Nintendo’s amiibo figures continued on a solid pace in January, with more than half a million figures sold in the United States, according to the NPD Group, which tracks U.S. video game sales. Sales of amiibo jumped 36 percent compared to January 2015. That was enough to push the total number of amiibo sold in the U.S. to more than 12 million since they launched in November 2014."

And the developer also noted strong continuing sales for Super Smash Bros. with "more than 36,000" sales of the Nintendo 3DS version, bringing lifetime sales of the title to "more than 3 million." The Wii U version has sold "more than 2.3 million" according to Nintendo.

The full list of games follows below. The order of platforms in parentheses indicates the systems it sold most to least on.

Best-Selling Physical Games in US for January 2016:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
  3. NBA 2K16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
  4. Star Wars Battlefront 2015 (XBO, PS4, PC)
  5. Fallout 4 (PS4, XBO, PC)
  6. Minecraft (360, XBO, PS4, PS3)
  7. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (XBO, PS4, PC)
  8. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
  9. Lego Marvel Avengers (PS4, XBO, 360, NWU, PS3, 3DS, PSV)
  10. FIFA 16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)

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Mostly Dude Bro shooters and sports games. I look forward to April when Star Fox Zero, Quantum Break, Ratchet & Clank and Uncharted 4 are on the list...

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It's weird to see how PS promotes Battlefront and Black Ops as if they are exclusive to PS, and still can't oversell Xbox one copies at the end with their over 9000 millions users.

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This list makes me sad. Battlefront at #4, nasty. Also, I can't believe Minecraft is still on the top 10 in games sold, that's amazing. GTA 5 shows what having a good online multiplayer does for long-term sales.

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Still no Rise of the Tomb Raider, despite launching on PC. Square Enix really screwed the pooch with that deal.

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The US really is a bubble lol use weird English, still use the Imperial system and their sales are different for PS4/XB1. Pretty sure if they made the XB1 look like a US flag it would own that market...

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@kyelo: Insults American's English.

Uses piss poor grammar.

Yup, he's a Brit. :p

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@kyelo: I am not sure what the US has to do with it beyond this just being a US-based statistic when most of those games are in the same spots on other countries. Guess you just need to whine about something random as hell.

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Really? Cant believe that Call of Duty black ops III is on the top of the list.

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@CommandoAgent: It's actually a decent game. I like it much more than Advanced Deadfare!

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Poor Sony, hoping their traditionally sissie player base would buy shooters.

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@TashunkoSapa: English more.

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No AssCreed. Good. Hopefully Ubi takes a hint with this franchise and either gets that team to make something new, or reinvents the series with a reboot. Or bring back Prince of Persia.

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@lostn:

This is comical so you dont want Assassin's Creed but yet would prefer to see Ubisoft bring back Prince of Persia? from what i hear so far.

The next Assassin's Creed game would feature. But Ubisoft is taking the hints alright.

-Egypt

-Open World

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@CommandoAgent: Also, PoP: SoT was more fun than any AC I've ever played.

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@CommandoAgent: I just want to see something different than AC from this team, or collection of teams. PoP was a long time ago now, and they only made 4 games. Going back to it would still be fresh, compared to another AC.

They're eventually going to run out of countries to set AC in.

How about colonial Australia next?

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Go Siege! One of the best shooters I've played in years.

Unfortunately the matchmaking (on PS4) is horrendous - is it like that on XB1/PC too?

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Woot, woot, go Paper Jam.

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All multiplatform games sell better on the Xbox been that way since 2006. Glad XOne gamers buys games rather than just brag about owning a console and how much it sells

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@flames325: You jump to that conclusion from a report about a single month of sales? Brilliant.

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@flames325:

PC/PS4 is the best combo this gen, I think that's why PS4 version isn't selling better LOL

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@razik: sure it's the best combo: play 4k games with KB+M and X1 controller on the PC, and play NOTHING on the PS4 keeping your hands away from the hideous dualshock4.

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@FBohler: You sound like a horrible person that's too invested in their PC. Well if that's all you have in your life, I guess you have to brag about it.

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@magnusstorm: so I'm horrible just because I'm saying some facts about your beloved plastic box? Lol at your face!

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@flames325: Must be opposite day.

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@flames325: That was last gen yeah but now the PS4 has a bigger install base so there are more games sold there.

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Glad Siege is doing well.

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Surprised games like GTA V, Madden 16, FIFA 16, Minecraft, and NBA 2K 16 still making the top ten.

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@battlestreak: GTA V and Minecraft always surprise me but the sports ones not so much, I suppose with FIFA representing the worlds most popular sport it isn't really that surprising though.

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@7tizz: I know, but they released back in 2015 or something like that. I would think anyone who likes those sports games would have them by now.

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higher install base and yet CoD ( hate the franchise) Battlefront and Rainbow six siege still perform better on Xbox one that has a lower install base? wow

I bet Sony are punching themselves for getting the DLC first for Cod since it seems like it aint doing them justice butt it is what it is.

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@jako998: The Xbox has been the go to console for shooters for pretty much it's entire existence. After the 360 spent all last generation being the primary Call of Duty platform, and the only Halo or Gears platform, I suspect most shooter fans switching to current generation systems bought a One because Xbox was where they were used to playing their games.

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Let me set the record straight before this gets out of hand call of duty black ops 3 has almost double the sales on the ps4 vs xbox one worldwide over 11 million copies sold on the ps4 vs over 6 million sold on the xbox one, so its not even close and that is why DLC comes to ps4 first end of story.

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@yukushi: so you got insider information to real sales numbers not? Guess not...end of story

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@kenpachi212: lol

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So Sony threw all that money at Cod for DLC first, only for it to sell better on the Xbox? I bet they aren't happy with that

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@sladey: For it to sell better in January in a single region...wow. Check the TOTAL WW numbers.

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@sladey: I imagine Sony figured it'd be difficult to out perform an Xbox, on shooters, in the US.

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@sladey: huh? It sold way better worldwide on ps4. In Poland, i constantly saw a ps4 cod commercial everyday on one of the most popular channels.

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@polishkid99: people still live in Poland? I thought they all emigrated to the UK? ;)

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@sladey: lmao you sly dog!

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@polishkid99: in all fairness Polish people are some of the nicest people I've ever met, they are extremely hard workers too, unlike us Brits lol

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@polishkid99: Just because its on a popular commercial doesn't mean its selling well man.

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@jako998: okay. Regardless, worldwide it would be impossible for xbox one to sell more copies of black ops 3 than ps4.